If you’re anything like me, when you think of Apple headphones you probably think of cheap, tinny and just overall poor sounding headphones. This is what I thought until I purchased a set of Apple’s premium in-ear headphones late last month. While this line has been around for quite some time, they are worth a look.
Obviously, the most important part of buying any set of headphones is the sound quality. And currently, I’m quite impressed with the Apple In-Ear Headphones. They feature well rounded sound, with slightly overpowering ‘highs’. The bass is definitely subtle, so anyone who listens to heavy dubstep or rap may want to look elsewhere. But while listening to indie and acoustics, the Apple In-Ear Headphones performed great. Finally, these headphones feature stellar mids–in fact, the mids sound better than most in ear headsets I’ve used in the sub-$100 price range. If you can, borrow a friend’s set of Apple In-Ear headphones to see if the sound is a good fit for your music tastes. For the best sound, make sure to form a tight seal in your earlobe by using the appropriate tip size. The Apple In-Ear Heahphones include three different tip sizes, so you shouldn’t have any troubles finding a perfect fit.
Like the standard Apple earbuds, the Apple In-Ear Headphones look great. They feature the iconic white cable with a soft touch finish. The headphone jack is small, so the Apple In-Ear Headphones should work with any type of case you’re using with your iPhone or iPod. The headphones themselves also feature a white, plastic construction. Personally, I think this looks great and will match any white iPod or iPhone. The included tips are also white. These headphones also feature a standard, three-button remote control which you can use to pick up calls, pause music and perform a bunch of other features on your iOS device or Mac. I really like this remote as it allows for easy song switching when walking. I have not yet tested the Apple In-Ear Headphones with a Blackberry or Android device, so I am not sure how well the remote works with these devices.
The Apple In-Ear Headphones include a plethora of extras. For example, you’re given a durable hard case, a set of extra mesh covers and three sets of tips. The extra mesh covers are a nice addition as they can often get filled with ear wax and other debris. So when you’re washing one set, you can use the others while they’re drying.
Price and Conclusion
The Apple In-Ear Headphones come in at a steep $79 USD. While I personally think they are worth the money, some may beg to differ. There are many headphones in the same price range which may feature slightly better sound quality while ditching the Apple aesthetics and stellar warranty.
So in the end, it’s up to you to decide if the Apple In-Ear Headphones are right for you. Personally, I think they’re a solid choice for anyone who wants a slick looking, decent sounding pair of headphones to use on a daily basis in the sub-$100 price range.